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Portuguese Coastal Way: VIANA DO CASTELO - SANTIAGO

Portugues Coastal Way

A seaside route to enjoy the History and nature

Viana do Castelo is one of the most beautiful cities in the north of Portugal. Its involvement in the Portuguese Discoveries and, later on, cod fishing shows its traditional connection to the sea. The special geographical situation of the city, next to the sea and to the mouth of the river Lima, can be seen from the Santa Luzia hill. Viana is rich in palaces emblazoned with coats of arms, churches and monasteries, monumental fountains and water features that constitute a wealth of heritage worth visiting. Whichever streets you stroll through in the historic centre, you will always come back to the Praça da República, the heart of the city.
Since the Middle Ages, Viana do Castelo welcome Pilgrims to Santiago as prove the “Old Hospital” build in the 15th Century to help and receive Pilgrims to Santiago.

Arrival to Viana do Castelo

Meeting with a member of our team for a briefing and to collect the documentation.
Accommodation: Hotel 3*

Stage 1: Viana do Castelo - Caminha (28,5 km / 17,7 Miles – 6/7 hours)

In this stage you will leave Viana do Castelo and enter in a world of “old farms. You will cross the villages of Areosa, Afife and Carreço walking through old narrow roads who split several 19th Century farmhouses. Continue until the old fishing village of Ancora and from there follows the coastline until the secular Caminha.
Accommodation: Hotel 3*

Stage 2: Caminha – Oia (19 km / 11,8 Miles – 4/5 hours)

You start the day catching the ferry to cross the river to Spain. After crossing the river you head left along the river as it enters the sea passing another beautiful beach at “Camposancos” and you arrive in the Port of “A Guarda”. Cross the town and leave it in the direction to the beaches. At the end of these, you follow a trail that leads between the sea and the C-550 road, reaching “Portecelo”. Pass several beaches and from “Val da Aguieira”, next to the chapel of San Sebastian and a stone cross, you start the approach to Oia, with its monastery of Santa Maria de Oia, which gives its name to the route “Camino Monacal” (Monastic Way). The stage ends just after the Monastery.
Accommodation: Hotel 2*

Stage 3: Oia - Baiona (15 km / 9 Miles – 3/4 hours)

Leave the village of Oia and continue, next to the beaches and cliffs, between cultivated fields, enjoying the sea beating on the rocks. Before reaching “As Mariñas”, you reach the top of “Cape Silleiro”, the path then crosses the road again and enters, rising up and circling round the top of Silleiro, where there is the chappel of “Virgen de Cela”, and entering in “As Cadeiras”, continue along a track towards “O Ponte” and then leaving here, follow the route of the road PO-2203 to cross under the highway and enter “Baiona” where you finish this stage.
Accommodation: Hotel 3*

Stage 4: Baiona - Vigo (25 km / 15,5 Miles – 5/6 hours)

Start this stage from the church of “Santa Maria”, and continue parallel to the beautiful town harbour. The route approaches the river Miñor, which you cross over a beautiful stone bridge that brings you to “A Ramallosa” and Nigran. After crossing “As Nogueiras” begin a gentle climb up “Mount San Roman” and continue to admire the wonderful view of “Islas Cies” as you climb to “Castro Alto da Medoña” and enjoy the path following between trees. You are entering the city of Vigo, crossing the city Park (Park Castrelos) and following the river “Lagares” until reach the “Avenida de Madrid” where this stage ends.
Accommodation: Hotel 3*

Stage 5: Vigo - Redondela (14 km / 8,6 Miles – 3/4 hours)

Leave Vigo straight on until you reach the square of “Santa Rita”. Continue on until you reach “O Troncal”, almost on the outskirts of the city. Continue to “A Paradela” at the foot of “Mount Madroa” until pass underneath it, in the neighborhood of “Teis”. Continue near a stream that runs parallel to your route as a reference mark to reach “Cidadelle”. Continue surrounding the “Alto da Encarnacion”, where you can admire the river and “Rande Bridge”. After the “Rio das Cabras” and “Coto da Fenteira”, starting the descent through “Cedeira” and “Cruzeiro” from where you reach Redondela.
Accommodation: Hotel 2*

Stage 6: Redondela - Pontevedra (20km / 12,4 Miles – 4/5 hours)

You leave Redondela along by-ways until you reach Outeiro de Penas, a place with an excellent view over the Ria de Vigo. Then finally you reach Arcade, a place renowned for having the best oysters in Galicia. From Arcade, continue to Pontesampayo where you will cross a long medieval bridge over the Verdugo River and then enter a cluster of narrow streets that will guide us to one of the most beautiful stretches of the Caminho: the very old by-ways which climb up the slope of Canicouva until Cacheiro. After crossing the mountains, the track widens again, now dominated by fields, vineyards and orchards until you reach Pontevedra.
Accommodation: Hotel 3*

Stage 7: Pontevedra - Caldas de Reis (22 km / 13,6 Miles – 4/5 hours)

Start this stage walking from the old city of Pontevedra to the millennial bridge, O Burgo, over the Lérez River. Continue along the beautiful Valley of the Gandra River until San Mauro and from there, until Caldas de Reis.
Accommodation: Hotel 2*

Stage 8: Caldas de Reis - Padron (19 km / 11,7 Miles – 4/5 hours)

You leave Caldas de Reis along some enchanting stretches, following a path that leads you to the church of Santa Maria de Carracedo and then you will cross a particularly luxuriant landscape along the side of the Valga River until Padron.
Accommodation: Hotel 3*

Stage 9: Padron - Santiago (22 km / 13,5 Miles – 5/6 hours)

The last stage starts leaving Padron through Galician villages until the magnificent sanctuary of Nossa Señora da Escravitute. Continue for Teo and following broad streets and narrower shortcuts you finally arrive to the suburbs of Santiago that lead us through a labyrinth of streets to the Cathedral of Santiago.
Accommodation: Hotel 3*

Departure

After breakfast - end of our services

- For an easy walk we can split some of the long walking days in two - contact us.

General Information

Duration: 11 days – 10 nights
Total distance: 185 km in 9 stages
Availability: March to November
Minimum of people: 1
Price per person (in double): From 675 Euros(low Season)
Single supplement: from 245 Euros

Included
  • 10 Nights of accommodation with breakfast
  • Luggage transfer between hotels (1 bag per person – Max. 15 kg/bag)
  • 24-hour emergency support
  • Pilgrim Kit: passport (Credencial) and shell (Vieira)
  • Road book of the way with tips and information (in English)

Not included

International flights, Arrival & departure transfers, Meals (where not listed as included in the itinerary),Optional additional tours or activities during free time, Tips and items of a personal nature

Notes

- We are a local company, so there are no intermediaries when booking with us. Our goal is get you the best price/quality and we give you all the necessary local support
- The hotels in our programs are regularly inspected by our team and have been carefully selected for their location and comfort. All our handpicked hotels have en suite accommodation

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